Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Delegate Keam featured in Sun Gazette Editorial

Editorial: At Least They Did No Further Harm

(Created: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 8:25 AM EDT)

The General Assembly wrapped up its 2010 legislative session nearly on time, having done what it had to do to close a budget gap.

Fortunately, and unlike in some previous sessions, the legislators for the most part acted like adults, and in so doing at least kept a bad situation from getting worse. The House of Delegates and Senate compromised on a budget package that pleased no one but nonetheless dealt with economic reality. (If only Congress could do the same.)

One positive came from the fact that the Northern Virginia delegation, dominated by Democrats but including a mix from both parties, managed to work together reasonably well this year on a host of issues.

The two new legislators from the Sun Gazette coverage area - Del. Mark Keam (D-35th) and Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34th) - received the usual treatment bestowed on freshmen, meaning their legislative packages generally got short shrift. But each seemed to impress colleagues with a desire to focus on substance during the 60-day session.

State lawmakers will be back in Richmond several times throughout the year, as there will be the annual veto session and one or more special sessions coming up. But the heavy lifting of 2010 is over, and legislators have reason to return to their districts content that they did about as good as job as possible, under the circumstances.

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